Baby Shower Photo Cube Light
or Baby Room Night Light

measures 5" x 4.50" 

measures 5" x 4.50" 

 

Light up a baby buggy and display an ultrasound image with this clever photo cube. This project was created with a baby shower in mind but it could well be a night light in a newborn's room. The remote light unit offers everything from dim to glaring light and in multiple colors. Made of clay, the cube simply drops over the light base unit. The buggy template design is included with the pdf download. You'll find the instructions below designated for Silhouette Curio (SC) users and craft knife (CK) users. Instructions without initials apply to both crafters. 

Before you begin, condition clay. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.

Directions

step 1 - CK - Download and print out the template onto card stock. SC - Download the dedicated Silhouette pdf for the cut files.

step 2 - I used a paper mâché tissue box I found at Michaels for my 5” cube form. You can make this project any size you like. You can even use an actual tissue box as your form. When using a different form than mine, remember to adjust the measurements for your panels. Also be sure your form is oven safe and covered with parchment paper. I made the height of my cube panels ½” shorter than the form. That way, the box protrudes from the clay making it easier to grasp and remove after baking.

step 2 - I used a paper mâché tissue box I found at Michaels for my 5” cube form. You can make this project any size you like. You can even use an actual tissue box as your form. When using a different form than mine, remember to adjust the measurements for your panels. Also be sure your form is oven safe and covered with parchment paper. I made the height of my cube panels ½” shorter than the form. That way, the box protrudes from the clay making it easier to grasp and remove after baking.

step 3 - Mix four parts Cadmium Yellow clay with 1 part White. Condition and roll out the clay on #2 setting of the conditioning machine.

step 4 - Twist the tubes together.
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step 4 - My texture sheet is a placemat I found at my local Dollar Store. Look for textures that have some depth. It could be a piece of lace, shelf liner, anything you find interesting. Apply baby powder to the wrong side of the texture sheet with a makeup brush to prevent the clay from sticking to the texture. Using an acrylic roller, transfer the texture onto the clay.

 
step 5 - CK - Cut four 5” x 4.50” sheets of clay and one 5” x 5” sheet. Use the template to cut out a stencil from card stock. Place the stencil over each of the four sheets and cut out the shapes with a craft knife. The 5” x 5” sheet is for the “roof” of the cube and has no cut outs.

step 5 - CK - Cut four 5” x 4.50” sheets of clay and one 5” x 5” sheet. Use the template to cut out a stencil from card stock. Place the stencil over each of the four sheets and cut out the shapes with a craft knife. The 5” x 5” sheet is for the “roof” of the cube and has no cut outs.

step 6 - SC – Open the cut file. Place a piece of clay that measures slightly larger than 5” x 4.50” on the shiny side of freezer paper with the texture facing you. Stick the paper to your Curio cutting mat. Select your cut settings as follows: Deep-Cut Blade, platforms 4, speed 3, thickness 33. Unscrew and remove the cap from the Deep-Cut Blade. Twist the blade to the blue #10 mark and set it into the blade holder. Send the project to Curio to cut the clay. Create a total of four identical clay panels with the baby buggy design. Cut one more solid panel to measure 5” x 5”.

step 6 - SC – Open the cut file. Place a piece of clay that measures slightly larger than 5” x 4.50” on the shiny side of freezer paper with the texture facing you. Stick the paper to your Curio cutting mat. Select your cut settings as follows: Deep-Cut Blade, platforms 4, speed 3, thickness 33. Unscrew and remove the cap from the Deep-Cut Blade. Twist the blade to the blue #10 mark and set it into the blade holder. Send the project to Curio to cut the clay. Create a total of four identical clay panels with the baby buggy design. Cut one more solid panel to measure 5” x 5”.

step 7 - Release the cut pieces from the clay and transfer the panels to deli film on your work surface.

step 7 - Release the cut pieces from the clay and transfer the panels to deli film on your work surface.

step 8 - Cover your cube form with parchment paper. Cut it longer than the form. The extra length will allow you to tuck it into the bottom of your form and keep the paper in place as you work. (This photo was taken after baking and right before removing the form but demonstrates the length of the parchment paper compared to the form.)

step 8 - Cover your cube form with parchment paper. Cut it longer than the form. The extra length will allow you to tuck it into the bottom of your form and keep the paper in place as you work. (This photo was taken after baking and right before removing the form but demonstrates the length of the parchment paper compared to the form.)

step 9 - Cover the right side of each clay panel with deli film.

step 9 - Cover the right side of each clay panel with deli film.

step 10 - Building The Cube – Cut a piece of mat board or other stiff material to match the size of the roof panel. Apply Liquid Polymer Clay to the piece and cover it with the matching clay panel. The smooth side should be in contact with the mat. Be skimpy with the liquid as too much will cause the pieces to slip and slide. Pierce the center of the clay and mat board for placement of the spiral wire photo holder later.

step 10 - Building The Cube – Cut a piece of mat board or other stiff material to match the size of the roof panel. Apply Liquid Polymer Clay to the piece and cover it with the matching clay panel. The smooth side should be in contact with the mat. Be skimpy with the liquid as too much will cause the pieces to slip and slide. Pierce the center of the clay and mat board for placement of the spiral wire photo holder later.

step 11 - Apply Liquid Polymer Clay to the thin side and top edge of each panel's smooth side. Glue should be placed anywhere the edge will come in contact with another. An easy way to do this is to set the panel texture side down on deli film. Run a thin line of the liquid on the film parallel to the clay. Pull the film against the edge of the clay to transfer the liquid. 

step 11 - Apply Liquid Polymer Clay to the thin side and top edge of each panel's smooth side. Glue should be placed anywhere the edge will come in contact with another. An easy way to do this is to set the panel texture side down on deli film. Run a thin line of the liquid on the film parallel to the clay. Pull the film against the edge of the clay to transfer the liquid. 

step 12 - Use a very small dab of Liquid Polymer to temporarily hold the top panel to the form while you work. Lay the form on its side. Attach the first side panel matching the fluted edge to the roof panel. Press them together to make contact with the Liquid Polymer. Cover the first panel with deli film.

step 12 - Use a very small dab of Liquid Polymer to temporarily hold the top panel to the form while you work. Lay the form on its side. Attach the first side panel matching the fluted edge to the roof panel. Press them together to make contact with the Liquid Polymer. Cover the first panel with deli film.

step 13 - Be sure your surface is also covered with deli film. Roll the cube over and attach the second panel to the roof at the top fluted edge. Bring the side edges of the first and second panels together. Pinch the seam to seal the pieces.

step 13 - Be sure your surface is also covered with deli film. Roll the cube over and attach the second panel to the roof at the top fluted edge. Bring the side edges of the first and second panels together. Pinch the seam to seal the pieces.

step 14 - Continue rolling, adding panels, and pressing seams together.

step 15 - Create a small .75” deep cube of raw clay by slicing off a piece from the package. No need to condition or roll it out. This will be the support for the wire photo holder. Press the end of the wire into the clay then remove it.

step 15 - Create a small .75” deep cube of raw clay by slicing off a piece from the package. No need to condition or roll it out. This will be the support for the wire photo holder. Press the end of the wire into the clay then remove it.

step 16 - Bake the .75” chunk of clay and the clay cube standing right side up, in a 275-degree oven for 30 minutes.

step 17 - Allow the project to cool.

step 18 - Pull out the excess parchment paper from the form.  Use it to gently tug the form out of the clay.

step 18 - Pull out the excess parchment paper from the form.  Use it to gently tug the form out of the clay.

step 19 - Apply E6000 to the top of the clay chunk and to the end of the photo wire. Insert the wire into the hole in the roof panel.

step 19 - Apply E6000 to the top of the clay chunk and to the end of the photo wire. Insert the wire into the hole in the roof panel.

step 20 - Inside the cube, push the wire completely into the clay chunk and press it up against the underside of the roof. Allow the glue to set.

step 20 - Inside the cube, push the wire completely into the clay chunk and press it up against the underside of the roof. Allow the glue to set.

step 21 - Glue silver domes onto the buggy's wheels and hood. Although these are stickers, they will not stick reliably to the clay. I suggest using E6000 for a permanent bond.

step 21 - Glue silver domes onto the buggy's wheels and hood. Although these are stickers, they will not stick reliably to the clay. I suggest using E6000 for a permanent bond.

step 22 - Cut parchment paper the size of the four cube walls. Glue the paper inside, against each panel.

step 22 - Cut parchment paper the size of the four cube walls. Glue the paper inside, against each panel.

step 23 - Insert a baby ultrasound photo into the wire.

step 24 - Set the cube over the light unit. Use the remote to turn it on and to choose the many lighting options.

Tip Occasionally you may end up with slightly ragged edges on the wrong side of the cuts. These may not be visible on the right side. If you are a perfectionist, ragged edges can be easily removed if desired. After baking and cooling the clay, drag the edge of a craft knife blade against the ragged line.

Tip

Occasionally you may end up with slightly ragged edges on the wrong side of the cuts. These may not be visible on the right side. If you are a perfectionist, ragged edges can be easily removed if desired. After baking and cooling the clay, drag the edge of a craft knife blade against the ragged line.

Light Unit with Remote

Light Unit with Remote

 


Supplies

At Amazon

  • clay conditioning machine
  • SC - Silhouette Curio Machine with Deep-Cut Blade 
  • BZone Multi color LED light Unit

Michaels

  • PremoClay - Cadmium Yellow 8 oz., White 2 oz.
  • tissue blades
  • card stock
  • mat board
  • acrylic roller
  • E6000
  • silver domed stickers
  • CK - craft knife and card stock
  • vellum paper - 2 sheets 8.50" x 11"
  • spiral wire photo holder
  • paper mâché box form

Miscellaneous

  • ultrasound photo
  • texture sheet
  • Dixie deli film
  • freezer paper
  • parchment paper
  • baby powder
  • makeup brush

 


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